Leeds Rhinos extend shutdown for extra five days

Betfred balls lie in the snow as Leeds Rhinos are back in training.

Leeds Rhinos have confirmed that because of an additional four positive Covid 19 cases over the last five days, the shutdown at the club’s training ground will be extended for a further five days.

The club have worked closely with the RFL’s Multiple Case Group to discuss the impact and next steps, in line with the Multiple Case Framework. 

Members of the playing and coaching staff will continue to be tested as recommended by national guidance and there will be a further round of PCR testing on 29th January, which is ten days since the training ground was shut down initially.

The rationale for this decision is to ensure that any trace of the virus is eradicated prior to return to the training ground. It is hoped that with the additional stand-down period being observed all cases will be picked up during this period and a return following gives a clear restart. This process will remain under review depending on the test results over the next five days. 

Leeds Rhinos Director of Rugby Kevin Sinfield said, “It is right that we proceed with caution to make sure that we have any cases within our group under control. I am pleased to say all those who have tested positive are either asymptomatic or suffering mild symptoms and they continue to receive the full support of the club. With us testing every day, it enables us to monitor the whole group and we are confident we are moving in the right direction to return to training as soon as it is safe to do so.”